County Louth GC appoints SVV to create masterplan

Historic County Louth Golf Club in Baltray, Ireland, originally designed by legendary golf course architect Tom Simpson, has hired Spogárd & Vandervaart to create a long term Development Masterplan for the 18 hole golf course. Furthermore SVV has been commissioned to add an extensive chipping and pitching area to the practise facilities as well as help with suggestions to optimise the entry road leading to the clubhouse.


Laytown & Bettystown GC commissions SVV to create masterplan

Historic Laytown & Bettystown GC in Ireland has appointed SVV to create a full masterplan for their 19 hole (!) golf course.

15.08.2011 - continued

Spogárd & Vandervaart Breaks Ground On Denmark's Biggest Ever Renovation Project

Spogárd & VanderVaart has broken ground on what is the biggest reconstruction project ever to take place in Denmark. The aim is to establish the New Course at Himmerland Golf & Country Club (HGCC) among the premium clubs in Europe and bring the European Tour back to Denmark in 2014. “The renovation of the New Course will be among the most comprehensive renovation projects ever to take place in Scandinavia. The work will include the design and reconstruction of all 18 greens, all bunkers throughout the course, more than 30 new tees – including 18 new ‘Tournament Tees’ which will make the course the longest in Denmark, a full irrigation system as well as a 3.500m2 reservoir lake. We will also lower selected fairways to help remove or improve about 80% of the blind or semi-blind shots” says Philip Spogárd. “We will look at ways of improving the existing 9 hole course and help design a unique ‘Himalaya-style’ green inspired by the famous green from St. Andrews. It will offer a fun and easy way for newcomers wanting to experience golf – hopefully helping the game of golf grow in accordance with the wishes of the EIGCA, R&A and the Danish Golf Union”, Philip adds. HGCC is currently investing heavily in maintaining their position as the leading golf resort in Scandinavia. A multi-million euro project, which includes the expansion of the clubhouse and hotel with the addition of conference, spa and wellness facilities, will run simultaneously with the reconstruction of the new course. “We all agree, we will be able to offer something pretty unique when both the golf course and our other facilities are ready in 2012. We look forward to working with Philip Spogárd, whose ideas about the landscape fits perfectly with our visions for the golf course. We will start the project immediately and expect to play on the course again from August 2012”, says Claus Birk Larsen, CEO of HGCC. ”The actual reconstruction of the course is based on the existing routing – with the exception of a new par 3 hole and the fact that the finishing holes on the Old and New course are swapped around. New Course is characterized by the space between the holes – which is very rare these days, where most courses are squeezed into very small pieces of land. It means that areas of great natural beauty and diversity have had room to establish itself – creating a wonderful natural experience. My thought from the beginning has been to build on this and to try and enhance it where possible. We will help the club create a unique character by introducing a new bunkering style which will be different from what has been seen in Denmark so far.” Philip ends.

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